The North of England

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Durham Cathedral

After leaving our friends in Nottingham we scuttled up north. We popped into Sheffield to catch a glimpse of the house Jill's mum grew up in. We then moved on to York and had our first English B&B experience. It was all very lovely and British! York was interesting - it was a beautiful and historic city, and therefore quite touristy. But there wasn't alot of overt tourist "tackiness" (that we saw) and it was fun to wander down cobblestone streets that have been wandered for centuries.

The next day we popped into Durham. (You can do that in England - "pop" into cities just like that. Everything is so close together that you pass through multiple cities in only a few hours drive). Durham was another beautiful, historic city with an amazing castle and cathedral. In the cathedral Brent was asked by a man in a long black cloak to take his hat off  - um ahh, the pastor gets told off in church!

We spent a night in a country pub in Knowesgate (otherwise known as "the middle of nowhere"). We arrived when it was dark so it was a bit of a surprise to wake up in the morning to see only paddocks full of sheep stretching for miles! But that's country England for you.

 

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